Youth Empowerment Program
The Youth Empowerment program is a referral-based program that is open to all youth who are facing barriers between the ages of 12 – 23. You may self refer or be referred to one of our Youth Empowerment Workers (YEWs) through other service providers, agencies, RCMP, MCFD, and/or school. The purpose of the Youth Empowerment program is to provide youth with one-to-one support geared towards their personal development, long-term goals, and well-being.
The Youth Empowerment Program focuses on four key areas of support: Individual, peer, school and community. ACCESS employs Youth Empowerment Workers with a wide range of professional practices and educational backgrounds to address these key areas though a combination of using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach when developing goals, identifying areas of growth and opportunity in our clients, all while tackling barriers, practicing life skills, and providing connections to community resources and support.
This program can help youth learn to manage:
- Life Skills
- Substance use/Misuse
- Peer Pressure
- School Concerns
This program is not intended to be used as a “Big Brother/ Big Sister” style solution. Because we are not equipped for such a program, we instead recommend that youth who are in need contact Big Brothers Greater Vancouver or reach out to the BC Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) to see what resources are available to them. Youth and their families can also reach out to Foundry. Foundry offers free and confidential support for young people ages 12 to 24 – mental health care, substance use services, physical & sexual healthcare, youth and family peer supports, and social services – both online and in-person in communities across BC.
The Youth Empowerment Program is funded by CKNW Kids’ Fund, the Telus Friendly Future Foundation, Ethical Waste Services, and the Province of British Columbia.